- Members of the Nigerian Labour Congress are in Abuja for a national conference
- The conference, NLC said, is focused on promoting labour unity
- Following the conference the NLC and the labour movement would be able to play active roles in promoting the ideals and goals specified in the theme of the conference
More than 700 statutory delegates and observers are expected to take part in the two-day National Delegates Conference of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
Peter Ozo-Eson, General Secretary of NLC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, February 5, in Abuja, that the conference would deliberate on national issues and unity in the labour movement.
The theme of the conference is, ‘`Towards a Decade of Activism for the Promotion of Labour Unity and National Rebirth and Development.’
Ozo-Eson said that the constitution provided how delegates would be selected.
“We are expecting 700 delegates for today’s (Feb.5) programme from industrial unions in the country.
“The constitution provides how delegates are allocated. Three delegates are allocated to each industrial union on the basis of equality and one additional delegate is then allocated to every N5 million check-off dues.
“Based on that contribution, we have just about 700 delegates. But beyond the delegates, unions are also free to bring in observers. Because this is a key event and most unions want to have many of their members to be part of it.
“In addition, we have guests that are invited from within and outside the country. About 1,500 people will be present at the opening ceremony,’’ he said.
Ozo-Eson was optimistic that after the conference the NLC and the labour movement would be able to play active roles in promoting the ideals and goals specified in the theme of the conference.
NAN also reports that the tenure of the current leadership led by Mr Ayuba Wabba, elected in 2015, expires this month.
The two-day conference, according to an inside source, is expected to affirm the current leadership of the union led by Wabba for a second term.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that national minimum wage bill has been passed by the House of Representatives after considering the report of its ad hoc committee during plenary on Tuesday, January 29.
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President Muhammadu Buhari sent the wage bill for consideration following its approval by the national council of state, which approved N27,000 while the federal government said it would increase it to N30,000 for its workers.
However, at the plenary on Tuesday, January 29, House of Representative members approved N30,000 for both federal and state workers, the amount which had earlier been recommended by the tripartite committee.
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